Blood II: The Chosen - The Nightmare Levels
Following on from the events in Blood II, The Nightmare Levels sees the four Chosen wandering through the wasteland on their way back from defeating the Cabal. Setting up camp for the night, they roast hot dogs by the fire and tell horror stories. Then, as if by magic, they're warped away to face their nemesis once more. Gideon, the vanquished Cabal leader, narrates the proceedings in ethereal form, no doubt to give the slapdash missions some sort of grounding. In actual fact he's more of an annoyance, especially as you can't skip through his lengthy monologues.
The highlight of the new additions is the Flayer, a magical new weapon that shoots hooks into its victim's skin and tears limbs off in spectacular and bloody fashion. There's also the auto-shotgun, which does exactly what you'd expect it to. Both are decent weapons, but it's hardly worth buying this mission pack for those alone. 'How do we make a great game even better?' That's the question designers should be asking themselves when they set out to create mission packs, rather than 'How many new weapons and monsters can we fit in.' In developers Monolith's case, it seems they didn't even ask themselves that.
Six new levels, two weapons and three enemies (one old, two new) are nothing to shout about, especially when all six levels are so poorly designed that they can be completed in just a few short hours. Although the hooded monks from the original Blood make a welcome return in two of the levels, there is little else that lifts Blood II: The Nightmare Levels above the ordinary.
Basically, it feels as though Monolith have bundled together all their leftover ideas before starting work on Blood III. That being the case, we suggest you avoid this and hope that the next instalment brings something fresh to the story.
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